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The Chief Whip added the second vote on Mrs May's Brexit deal, scheduled for next Tuesday, would be "very, very tight".

Meanwhile, Britain's worldwide trade secretary yesterday welcomed proposals drawn up by hard-line Brexit supporters that outline what it will take for them to support Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with the European Union.

"The attorney general continues with his work to ensure we get legally-binding changes to ensure that we are not locked in the backstop", Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said. It can't be a reinterpretation of the withdrawal agreement or a re-emphasis; it's got to be really clear language as to where we are going ...

Britain's Brexit negotiators headed back to Brussels on Tuesday vowing to "get a deal over the line" as they seek European Union support to break the stalemate in London before this month's divorce deadline.

The Attorney General is focusing on securing an enhanced "arbitration mechanism" that allows the United Kingdom or the European Union to provide formal notice that the backstop should come to an end, it has been reported. He declined to go into any specifics about the kind of legally binding changes Cox was trying to secure.

"We're now at a particularly critical stage in these negotiations", said the spokesman.

Speaking on Sky News, she said dozens of Labour lawmakers were ready to back an "improved" Brexit deal and warned that as many as 70 were opposed to the second referendum now favored by the party leadership.

May, in turn, defended the government aid and assured that those communities voted in favor of leaving the European bloc as an expression of their wish to see changes. That must be a change for the better, with more opportunity and greater control.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard with Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s Scottish conference
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard with Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s Scottish conference

"These towns have a glorious heritage, huge potential and, with the right help, a bright future ahead of them", she added.

Mr McDonnell branded the initiative a "desperate bribe".

He said: "This towns fund smacks of desperation from a government reduced to bribing MPs to vote for their damaging flagship Brexit legislation".

Ms Soubry said: "Voters will not be fooled, especially those in areas which voted Leave and are now demanding a People's Vote because they know, whichever way you do it, Brexit will harm their futures".

The government insisted that the fund would target places that had not shared fairly in the country's prosperity and would be used to create new jobs and boost economic activity.

Of the £1 billion being allocated using a needs-based formula, the North West gets £281 million, the West Midlands £212 million, Yorkshire and the Humber £197 million, the East Midlands £110 million, the North East £105 million, the South East £37 million, the South West £35 million, and the East of England £25 million.

An additional 600 million pounds will be open for communities on a national basis on a bidding basis, the government said. They have also set up a team of lawyers to scrutinise anything that Cox brings back from Brussels.

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